Ibiza disgrace and Saudi women got rhymes: This is Harmony in the Headlines
Algorithms broken? Too busy to care? Each week we recap the most interesting music headlines from the past 7-or-so days. Simply put, we want to catch you up on what's happening in the boom boom bap while others are busy writing about "isms."
1. Behemoth concert promoter and ticketing agent Live Nation did something pretty neat when it hooked up fans at a concert to measure biometrics. In short, the company found "that dragging yourself to a concert on a Friday will result in three times more emotional intensity than listening to a recorded album alone in your bedroom, wearing sweatpants and eating Wheaties," according to Fast Company. Which yeah, okay we get it, but don't knock staying at home in sweat pants mmmk?
2. A popular artist in Lancaster who goes by the stage name DJ Freez was recently arrested for the murder of a woman by the name of Christy Mirack — A CASE STILL OPEN FROM 1992!!! Friends and aquantainces say of course they were shocked to hear the news, but that his social media posts increasingly became violent and disturbing.
3. A few days ago, it was reported that Jackson 5 patriarch Joe Jackson had passed away at the age of 89. Yet even in his absence, reporters were quick to point out that he was a colossal piece of shit to his family and kids when he was alive.
4. Speaking of, Drake finally admitted he fathered a kid not long ago under the pressure of Pusha T's diss track "Story of Adidion" that commanded headlines for at least a week (ages in Inetrnet time). TMZ was quick to point out it broke the story in 2017 amid denials by Drake, going so far as to publish an alleged text exchange between the two parents:
Drake: I want you to have an abortion.
Brussaux: I can't kill my baby simply to indulge you sorry.
Drake: Indulge me? F*** you.
Drake: You do know what you're doing you think you're going to get money.
What a peach ...
5. Much to the ire and dismay of legitimate electronic music fans, Netflix went ahead with is original movie titled Ibiza. The problem? Mixmag interviewed director Alex Richanbach — who admits he's never even stepped foot there. (And none of it was filmed there, either.)
6. And if you thought the world couldn't get any stranger, Blink 182's Mark Hoppus revealed on Twitter that he had once advised the U.S. military of how to capture notorious dictator Saddam Hussein, or so says music outlet NME. And actually ... it's pretty brilliant.
7. The numbers are out; Jay Z and Beyoncé just couldn't do it. Their joint album Everything is Love was denied the #1 position on Billboard's 200 Chart by boy band 5 Seconds of Summer. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
8. If you think Kanye was broke, think again. Chance the Rapper has confirmed he's working on new material with both Childish Gambino and Kanye West.
9. The Sasquatch! Music Festival that took place each year at Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington, will not return in 2019. Founder Adam Zacks said in a statement: "Today we take a bow and bid farewell to Sasquatch! I will no longer be producing the festival, nor will it take place in 2019."
10. Last September, Saudi Arabia announced it would end the ban on women drivers. *brief pause to shake your head and check the calendar* To celebrate the end of the decades-old ban, local Saudi rapper Leesa A dropped a music video that quickly went viral.
"I don't need anyone to take me / Drivers' license with me / I am not kidding, today I can drive myself / The steering wheel in my hands, the pedal under my foot."